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I’m excited to share a little about Chasing Christmas with you today! This is book 5 in the Rodeo Romance series and it will release Nov. 9!

He certainly didn’t ask Santa for a bride. . .

Professional bull rider Chase Jarrett has the world on a string. The only blight in his idyllic existence is his nosy cousin’s nonstop nagging about his need for more publicity. Tired of listening to her suggestions, he gives her free rein when she hatches a plan to skyrocket his popularity. All he has to do is show up for a phony wedding in Las Vegas. Then Chase discovers the wedding was real, the surprise bride is beautiful, and his sponsors are demanding he remain married.

Shy and introverted, the last thing Jessie Pierce wants is to find herself in the spotlight. But thanks to a meddling so-called best friend, that’s exactly where she’s at. The promise of an all-expenses paid vacation to Las Vegas lures her on an adventure that ends with her unexpectedly married to a hunky bull rider who would draw her out of her shell if she’d let him.

A business proposal leaves the two of them committed to a year of marriage. How hard could it be to remain wed in name only?

Wrap yourself up in the joy of holidays and falling in love in this sweet, lighthearted romance from USA Today Bestselling author Shanna Hatfield.

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Excerpt:

Now, as she observed him, she felt a tug at her heart that she’d never see him again. Oh, she’d see him ride at the rodeo, of course, but it wasn’t the same. Not when she stood almost toe-to-toe with him, lost in the bright light of his hazel eyes and the warmth of his smile.

He stared into her face for the length of several heartbeats before he spoke in a husky tone that made her toes tingle. “I had a nice time with you, too, Jessie. Thank you for agreeing to Ashley’s crazy plans and participating in the sham wedding. It was fun to spend the day with you. You’re a great girl and anyone would be lucky to have you as their real bride.”

Jessie blushed and would have backed away, but Chase’s callused palm glided along her cheek before he cupped the back of her neck, drawing her flush against him.

His mouth settled on hers in a soft, gentle kiss that lingered far longer than she anticipated. When she attempted to draw a breath, he deepened the kiss, wrapping both arms around her.

Feeling boneless as he captivated her with passionate kisses, Jessie forgot they were standing next to the curb in front of a posh hotel. She forgot about contests, fake weddings, and ridiculous publicity stunts.  She forgot about being shy or shocked by his unexpected affection.

All she could think about was the man holding her close to his heart, one that pounded in time to her own. His woodsy, leather-tinged scent tantalized her senses as she melted against him, wishing she belonged with him — to him.

 

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I promised to share some photos of the Westward Ho Parade in Pendleton, and here they are!

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These four started off the parade. Loved their uniforms and how seriously they took their job.  They were also at the rodeo on Saturday during the opening ceremony.

 

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This is the parade Grand Marshal. The fun thing is that my daddy worked for his dad way back in the 1950s when my mom and dad were newly married.

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The mounted band is always such fun. I so admire people who can do two things at once… like ride a horse and play an instrument. Not everyone can say they play a tuba while riding a horse.

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Miss Rodeo members from various states chose to ride in a wagon with their chaps on display. It was fun to see them, full of smiles for the crowd.

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The team of horses was impressive, but this wagon… the woodwork on it was gorgeous and my photo does not do it justice. Seriously, it was absolutely beautiful!

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So… if you don’t have a horse, just go ahead and ride a longhorn.

 

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Legendary Longhorns have been participating in the parade the last few years. They also take their animals to the park (where a bunch of vendors are set up) and people can get a  photo sitting on one of the longhorns. It’s always fun to see them in the parade.

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I think after writing about Steve the Mule, I now have a thing for mules. So enjoyed seeing this team.

As for the bloopers, here are a few of my favorites…

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This poor guy slid I can’t tell you how far in the grass. Glad I’m not the one having to get the stains out of his jeans.

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This cowboy missed his mark and landed in front of the steer. And the steer didn’t slow down, just ran right over him.

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And this one missed bulldogging his steer, too. As thanks, the steer stomped on his leg.

If you have any fun captions for these photos, please feel free to share in the comments!

 

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Joy is…

a great rodeo

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Captain Cavedweller and I spent the weekend at the Pendleton Round-Up.  It’s something we look forward to attending all year.  I have a lot of fun just snapping photos during the rodeo, so I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

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Swan Lake starts to play in my head when I look at this photo.

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Liked the colors in this one… of his shirt, boots and the horse.

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Eye-catching colors…

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And the dust softening the image.

INDIAN RELAY RACE

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The Indian Relay Race hearkens back to the early days of the Round-Up and is still an action-packed event. Teams race around the big track to win the title of this event. Each rider switches horses three times. And some of these horses act is though they’ve barely ever seen humans let alone been ridden before. Oh, and did I mention they ride bareback? At Saturday’s championship race, one of the horses got away and started racing in the opposite direction around the track. Made for some exciting moments for the spectators as well as the racers.

CALF ROPING

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This is my favorite of all the calf roping photos I took. I love the look on his face and the way the rope is floating above the calf.

SADDLE BRONC

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Saddle Bronc is probably my favorite event.

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Why, you ask?

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There’s the fact The Christmas Cowboy hero is a saddle bronc rider and it’s what started me out on the Rodeo Romance series of my books.

Also, these guys ride with a certain grace and panache…

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And we love cheering for this guy – Cort Scheer. I met his sweet mama and sister years ago in Las Vegas and enjoy staying in touch with them.

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This is one of my favorite photos from the rodeo this year. The rider made his eight second ride (which took him into the crowd of cowboys watching on the grass). He dismounted and landed on his feet right there to receive a bunch of hearty slaps on the back from his peers while the horse caused a bunch of last-minute scrambling. (Note the one cowboy who’s got a death grip on the back of a photographer’s vest in the lower left corner). Oh, and Cort is the one laughing and cheering right by the horse. So fun!

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I don’t think these guys get enough credit for what they do, but the Pickup men are awesome.

BULLDOGGING

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I didn’t get a lot of fabulous Bulldogging photos, but I liked this one because you see so much action in it.

BULLRIDING

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This bull has a rather devilish look to him. I don’t think the tongue out and flying snot is helping any.

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Kickin’ up dust…

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It’s challenging for me to get good bull riding shots because the bulls stay so close to the chutes.

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The bull fighters did a fantastic job at the rodeo. Dusty Tuckness is a crowd favorite and Tim  O’Connor was fabulous, too.

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If any of you read Barreling Through Christmas, above is a barrel and the rodeo clown just happens to be inside it at this particular moment.

Enjoy the photos today? If so, I’ll share some of the parade and a few “blooper” photos tomorrow!

 

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Captain Cavedweller and I spent the weekend in Pendleton at the World Famous Pendleton Round-Up.

As usual, it was loads of fun. My brother and his wife, and three of his grandkids met us there to watch the parade together (along with two of my cousins and their families). Then CC and I went off to the rodeo (the others had gone the day before).

I shared a bunch of these photos on my facebook page, but below I’ll include a few more.

Enjoy!

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This is the Cowboy Mounted Band. They do an excellent job and it’s so fun to see them perform on horseback. They ride in the parade and sometimes do an extra performance or two downtown in the morning before the rodeo begins.

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These mounted Marines rode out into the arena on Saturday. Each performance begins with someone singing the Star-Spangled Banner. During the “bombs bursting in air” part, a few fireworks go off. When they did on Saturday, the Marines’ horses got a little squirrelly. Both CC and I were so impressed because not a single one of them dropped the salute they held.

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Check out this cowboy’s hair.

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Pictured here, too, on Friday.

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And look at his hat!

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Bareback riding is wild and hard on the body (as you can see in this photo).

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Nothing like doing the splits while you ride…

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I love the colors of his chaps!

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And this is the Bareback Champion Tim O’Connell from Zwingle, IA.

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This is Cody Kiser. He’s a bareback rider – and a stunt man! He doubled for Bradley Cooper in American Sniper. How fun is that? He’s also a spokesperson for the Oral Cancer Foundation, encouraging kids of all ages to stay away from chew and cigarettes.

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One of my favorite events is Saddle Bronc riding.

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It’s almost an art form to watch the cowboy and horse compete in a dance of wills and skills.

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There is a beauty in the fluid grace of their rides.

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Look at the little kick of dust by the tail.

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This is Jake Wright. His twin brother Jesse won the event. If you aren’t familiar with the Wright family, you should Google them. There are several brothers competing professionally. Cody is the oldest and we watched both him and his son Ryder ride on Friday. Cody didn’t make it to Saturday’s round, but Ryder did.

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And here’s Jesse’s winning ride. In the program, his contestant number was listed as 666, but the number he wore to ride was 700-something. Can’t say I blame him for wanting a different number!

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If you’ve read any of my Rodeo Romance books and wondered what some of the terms referred to, here’s a little tutorial. In The Christmas Cowboy, Tate is a Saddle Bronc rider, so you read bout him holding the bronc rein. That’s what it looks like. It is the only thing he holds onto during his eight-second ride.  In Capturing Christmas, Kash is a stock contractor who gets behind the chutes and pulls flank straps. Those straps are sheepskin-lined or a padded leather strap. It is adjustable to fit each individual horse and released by a quick-release catch. The purpose is to encourage the animal to buck better. It does not cause them any injuries.

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And steer wrestling…

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These guys are strong… and determined!

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I thought this was a fun shot – love the purple leg wraps!

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For those of you who have never been to a rodeo, the guy on the left is the header. He ropes first and catches the head. The guy on the right is the heeler.

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The first day, we were sitting close to the chutes so this is the only shot of Bull Riding I got that turned out.

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The second day we sat across the arena and I got a few shots of bull riding. I thought you might like to see how much air both the cowboy and the bull got on this ride.

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This bull crashed right out of the chute. Both cowboy and bull got up and went on about their business as though nothing had happened.

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This is World Champion Bull Rider Sage Steele Kimzey of Strong City, OK. He was the winner of Bull Riding at the Round-Up.

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I didn’t take any Barrel Racing photos on Friday. Saturday it started to pour just before the Barrel Racing started. I felt so bad for these girls. The arena was a slick mess.

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But they got out there and gave it their best!

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In addition to the regular rodeo events, there were trick riders.

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And the lovely Round-Up Court presenting awards (like these Pendleton Wool blankets).

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The Pendleton Round-Up isn’t all cowboys.

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There is a huge encampment of teepees. Each day, members of the tribes join in the center of the arena and dance.

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Many ride around the track, showing off their beautiful regalia, like this adorable little angel.

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Again, for those of you who’ve never attended a rodeo, these are the pick up men. They help keep the cowboys safe by getting them off the bucking animal as quickly as possible once that eight seconds is up. They help if a cowboy gets tangled in his rigging, and they also herd the bucking animal out of the arena once the ride is over.

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I thought it might be fun for you to see them at work.

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Doing what they can to help out the riders.

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During the timed events (like roping and steer wrestling) the cowboys stand around and watch.

And that’s it for this year’s Round-Up.

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The Christmas Cowboy

Rodeo Romance Book 1

is FREE today for Kindle downloads!

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Flying from city to city in her job as a busy corporate trainer for a successful direct sales company, Kenzie Beckett doesn’t have time for a man. And most certainly not for the handsome cowboy she keeps running into at the airport. Burned twice, she doesn’t trust anyone wearing boots and Wranglers, especially someone as charming and handsome as Tate Morgan.

Among the top saddle bronc riders in the rodeo circuit, easy-going Tate Morgan can handle the toughest horse out there, but trying to deal with the beautiful Kenzie Beckett is a completely different story. As the holiday season approaches, this Christmas Cowboy is going to need more than a little mistletoe to win her heart.

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You can also find the paperback book (at regular price) on  Amazon  or, if you like to listen to your books, it’s on Audible.

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Meet Tate Morgan and Kenzie Beckett.

Praise for The Christmas Cowboy:

Reader's Favorite Five Stars“This is a really sweet, really well written story that romance readers will love. It is a perfect representation of the genre and I loved how it was incorporated around the Christmas holiday (which is sure to get any readers into the festive spirit!). Tate is handsome, sweet, and never gives up, even when he is shut out by the distrustful Kenzie. Readers will relate to Kenzie’s walls, but root for her to tear them down and give the loving Tate a chance.”

Janelle Fila for Readers’ Favorite

“I can’t remember the last time I read a clean, contemporary Western romance. Probably before the time of e-readers if I really think about it. And while I love a great cowboy romance, there is something about this story that moved me. I want to say it’s because it’s all about the relationship but, truthfully, that’s only part of it. I can’t quite put my finger on it but whatever “it” is that makes this story unique and special and real is overwhelming. In a good way, of course…  A great fun read with bits of humor balanced with bits of seriousness wrapped and tied up in a sigh-inducing happy ending.”
Miriam Smith of Written Love

“Caution:  You may fall in love with a fictional cowboy named Tate! I loved this story so much! The chance meetings at the airport and the flirting back and forth! Family, rodeos, Christmas, trust issues, yeah this book covers it all! The entire book consumed my thoughts until I was finished reading it, and now that I am done, I am still thinking about it!  From contemporary to historical Hatfield can write any genre she wants and I will read it! The romance level is clean but the chemistry and kisses are smoking hot! With characters that are endearing and you feel a real emotional connection with, Hatfield has a way of writing a story that anyone want would want to read! Grab your favorite blanket, find a cozy chair and a cup of hot cocoa because this Christmas story is one you won’t put down until you finish the last word! I’m going to start saving my pennies because I want to buy every book that have Hatfield has written!”

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For those of you who have already helped with the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund campaign – my sincere thanks to you!

For those who are just hearing about it today, this is the third year I’ve contributed funds to the JCCF – an organization that gives a hand up to rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries and are unable to compete for an extended period of time.

Save A Cowboy, Read a Book! is the theme of this year’s campaign that runs until midnight Christmas Eve. I donate 10 percent of the net proceeds of all my book sales Nov. 1 through Dec. 24 to the JCCF.

To get in on the promotion, purchase any book (written by yours truly). It can be an ebook, a paperback or an audio book – they all help the cause!

And don’t forget books make fabulous gifts! You can even gift digital books!

To find my books online, look on:

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If you love Christmas, cowboys and free books – have I got a deal for you!

The Christmas Cowboy is available for free Kindle downloads through Sunday.

Get your copy while it’s available!

This sweet western holiday romance is the first in the Rodeo Romance series.

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Still not convinced it’s for you?

Here’s what others had to say…

The Christmas Cowboy – 5 stars
This is a really sweet, really well written story that romance readers will love. I loved how it was incorporated around the Christmas holiday. Tate is handsome, sweet, and never gives up, even when he is shut out by the distrustful Kenzie. Readers will relate to Kenzie’s walls, but root for her to tear them down and give the loving Tate a chance.
Janelle Fila for Readers’ Favorite

The Christmas Cowboy – 5 out of 5 stars
“Are you searching for a clean romance with humor, a spine-tingling romance with some hunky, genuine cowboy on the side? If you are, this book is unequivocally for you! You will find no profanity nor  bedroom scenes, but you will find romance that will set your head spinning. There is no doubt that Shanna Hatfield knows how to write clean romance that is nothing but pure romance that incurable romantics like me crave…”
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Caution:  You may fall in love with a fictional cowboy named Tate! I loved this story so much! The chance meetings at the airport and the flirting back and forth! Family, rodeos, Christmas, trust issues, yeah this book covers it all! The entire book consumed my thoughts until I was finished reading it, and now that I am done, I am still thinking about it!  From contemporary to historical Hatfield can write any genre she wants and I will read it! With characters that are endearing and you feel a real emotional connection with, Hatfield has a way of writing a story that anyone want would want to read! Grab your favorite blanket, find a cozy chair and a cup of hot cocoa because this Christmas story is one you won’t put down until you finish the last word!
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And if you’ve already downloaded it, be sure to let your friends know its available free for a very limited time!

Happy Reading!

 

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